December 19, 2006

Proud Papa

This picture was taken the night we got home to Fort Smith.

Hendrik at the Museum

While we were in Yellowknife we took Hendrik to the museum. They had a really neat kids display with a miniature log cabin, teepee, and tent frame. These held his attention for all of 10 seconds and he was off running to the Christmas tree again. He spent most of his visiting time at the hospital trying to escape from the hospital room to run down the hall to see the Christmas tree near the nurses desk.

Hooray for Grand-Barry!

We were very thankful to have Dad with us in Yellowknife when Riley was born. He was there for work but was able to stay at the hotel with us and stay on after the baby was born. Hendrik was thrilled to see his Grand-Barry as he kept going to the hotel room door and asking if he was there almost every evening and then one day he woke up from his nap and there he was! Here is Grand-Barry with Hendrik and with Riley. HOORAY FOR GRAND-BARRY!!

Good Morning Riley

This is a picture of Riley taken this morning when she was just waking up. Our daylight is very limited right now - this was taken without a flash just after 10 a.m.!

Riley and Mommy napping

Riley's first bath at home

Normally Riley is a very relaxed, contented little soul. However, at diaper changes and bath times this is what you're likely to see...(notice a concerned big brother keeping an eye on things!)

Hendrik's self portraits

Hendrik loves cameras. It's hard to take pictures of him because as soon as he spots the camera he runs towards it and you often just get a blur or a picture of the top of his head. The other night he figured out how to take pictures of himself. Here are a few...

A very proud Big Brother

Hendrik loves his little sister so much. He checks on her regularly to see how she is doing and tends to look quite concerned when she cries. He likes to snuggle his head up against hers and will give her little kisses. Kisses are rarely given to anyone especially someone he has known for so little a time. :)

December 14, 2006

Home at last!

We are finally home after two weeks in Yellowknife. Riley Lauren was born at 8:10 a.m. on December 12th, weighing in at 8lbs, 11oz. She is a very content baby and we are enjoying her so much. Hendrik is a very proud big brother and is constantly cuddling up to her and giving her little kisses. We will add more pictures later on this week but we thought we should give you a peek right away...

Riley at home!

Welcome Riley Lauren Venema!

November 18, 2006

The Belly


Hendrik at play

Asleep in the car

Like most Saturdays, Hendrik and I had driven to Bell Rock to see how Dwayne was doing out at our property. This time he just couldn't stay awake to see his Daddy. He fell asleep about 2 minutes before we got there. :)

Curious about the camera

It's getting harder and harder to take pictures of Hendrik. He is very curious about how everything works and he loves to play with the camera. You have to turn on the camera in another room otherwise he hears the beep and comes running to investigate. He's been doing some really funny things lately but we have yet to capture them on camera as he always spots us and goes for the camera.

Reading with Daddy

Our little guy loves to read. Right now he loves "Clifford the Big Red Dog".

So tired...

Hendrik enjoying his food

October 28, 2006

The Roof

Here are some photos of the roof our cabin! The tin FINALLY arrived after almost 2 months and Dwayne is trying to get the roof on before it snows too much more. It's about one third of the way done.

October 27, 2006

Gran'ma, Grandad, Jenny, Dwayne and Hendrik at Bell Rock

Gran'ma and Grandad Bernhardt have been up visiting for the past couple of weeks. Grandad has been out helping Dwayne put the tin roofing on our eight sided house. Very exciting!

Hendrik on the quad

Here is a picture of Hendrik from earlier this week. We were out checking on the progress of the roof out at Bell Rock. Grandma sat him on the bike and he happily played up there for a while.

Dwayne and Christen moose hunting

As I am rather large and cumbersome to be out tromping around hunting in the woods with Dwayne this fall Christen has got to go along instead. She didn't shoot this moose but she did get a few grouse this trip. Since then she has been moose hunting again and also bison hunting with Dwayne and Earl.

October 26, 2006


Well, I tried to update this blog today but Blogger is not letting me upload pictures so the update will have to wait. I'll try again later today...

August 30, 2006

Hendrik helping his Daddy

Hendrik is a very helpful little fellow and as usual he was "helping" Daddy with the moose racks. He also likes to tell you when the microwave beeps or the dryer buzzes or when the toast has popped. He likes to collect receipts and bills and bring them to you and is only too willing to throw things in the garbage for you when asked. :)